Northrop Grumman and partners showcase unmanned capabilities during ANTX

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Last month, Northrop Grumman Corporation and its industry partners participated in the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX).

During ANTX, Northrop Grumman and its partners, which included Physical Optics Corp, Ultra Electronics USSI, Hydroid, Optimum Solutions and Silvus, not only demonstrated advanced capabilities in the “command and control of future unmanned maritime missions,” but they also demonstrated the ability to better deliver important information to the warfighter in contested environments.

“Northrop Grumman’s expertise in networked sensors and advanced mission management for autonomous aircraft systems provides significant offensive and defensive capabilities for our customers in the maritime environment,” says Dan Redman, ANTX program manager, Northrop Grumman.

“By showcasing how sensors can be airdropped from a Fire Scout surrogate, we are demonstrating future mission applications for this platform.”

During ANTX, Northrop Grumman’s seabed warfare capabilities were also highlighted, and the company's µSAS and real-time automated target recognition technologies were a key part of this demonstration.

Described as a “low size, weight and power, high-performance payload,” the µSAS can operate off a man-portable AUV for “real-time classification” of mine-like objects. 

“This technology is an example of leveraging digital transformation to rapidly provide software defined, hardware enabled capabilities to the fleet,” explains Alan Lytle, vice president, undersea systems, Northrop Grumman. 

“Integration of unmanned and autonomous capabilities into the battle space reduces staffing required to conduct operations and risk to personnel, while supporting our nation’s continued undersea superiority.”